New Year’s Day Cove is……January 1st

Our New Year’s Day Cove swim is….January 1st.

The swim will start late enough for those who are doing Alcatraz, and late enough for those who rang in the New Year.  Come down and celebrate 2015 with your ‘Phin friends.  Registration: 9:15 AM-9:35 AM; Swimmer and Pilot Briefing: 9:40 AM; Beach Jump: 10:00 AM.  We’ll have your tide books and 2015 calendars.

2014 New Year’s Day Qualifier

December 21, 2014

Pilots

Jon Bielinski, John Blackman, Natazha Bernie, Ken Frank, John Grunstad, Davis Ja, Brian Kiernan, Miguel Melendez, Kent Myers, David Nettell

 

Helpers

Brendan Crow, Andrew Cassidy, Brendan Crow, Nancy Friedman, Sue Garfield, John Hornor, Nancy Hornor, Tom Hunt, Aniko Kurczinak, Mickey Lavelle, Joe Marenda, Pete Neubauer, Lisa Newman-Wise, John Nogue, Hal Offen, Mimi Osborne, Daragh Powers, Neal Powers, Robin Rome, Susan Saylor, Eric Shupert, Andy Stone, Janice Wood

The following list is the Dolphin Club qualifiers for New Year’s Day Alcatraz:

f.namel.name
PeterBartu
EileenBuckley
WilliamBurke
LauraBurtch-Zovickian
RobertCable
MichaelCaniglia
GeorgeChamales
MichaelConnolly
KenCoren
VictorCritchfield
CharlieCross
GabriellaCross
BrendanCrow
PeterCullinan
DukeDahlin
DannyDe Leon
PatrickDinan
SuzieDods
KathleenDuffy
JamesFahlbusch
IsabelleFriedman
MarkGustin
KatieHarrington
ClintonHendler
GregoryHicks
PeterHollingsworth
AnitaHolmquist
PatrickHorn
AshleyHorne
KeithHowell
PaulIrving
ReneeKaufman
AnikoKurczinak
NancyLange
MickeyLavelle
BlakeLewkowitz
JoeMarenda
SunnyMcKee
TomNeill
PeteNeubauer
JohnNogue
HalOffen
JosephOmran
NealPowers
WillPowning
HollyReed
JohnRenko
PhillipRollins
AaronRosenthal
RonRuss
JulianSapirstein
LarryScroggins
KalaSherman-Presser
JosephSpallone
BethStein
AndyStone
PaulVanhoven
LauraVartain Horn
SamVilain
Dolphin Private Qualifiers:
RickAvery
RossBrowne
NickEgan
MorganKulla
JackieMcEvoy
MarkMcKee
LisaNewman-Wise
JohnOttersberg
ThadVogler
SERC Qualifiers
JohnPaul II
SusanPetro
VirgilPryor
LindaNowell
KeithNowell
PhilTaylor

New Year’s Day 2015 Alcatraz Swim: Ready, Set, Jump

Welcome in the New Year with a sunrise jump off a boat with your friends!
Registration at DC: 5:30-6:15 AM

Pilot Briefing: 6:15 AM
Swim Briefing: 6:30 AM
Walk to Boats: 6:45 AM
Jump: 7:30 AM (Sunrise: 7:25 AM)
REGISTRATION FOR DC SWIMMERS AND PILOTS IS IN OUR BOATHOUSE (OUR USUAL SPOT).
We will meet in South End’s Boat House for the swim briefing, which starts at 6:30 AM.
This is a South End event.  Consequently, the Dolphin Club’s 6-month rule does not apply, but keep swimming in the Cove to stay acclimated to the water temperature.
South End is waiving USMS registration requirements.

Polar Bear Starts on Sunday, December 21

Get Your Brrrrr On.

The annual Polar Bear Challenge begins December 21.  The water is still balmy, so this is a great opportunity log miles (and still more miles) in this Winter’s Polar Bear–log them early and often.  There’s an urban legend that the Polar Bear won’t start if the Bay is not 53 or colder.  That’s a myth.  It starts December 21st!

New Year’s Day Alcatraz Swim Qualifier is Sunday, December 21

2015 is almost here and that means the New Year’s Day Alcatraz Swim is almost here.  Alcatraz has a qualifier due to the water temperature.   This swim can be a challenge due to unpredictable conditions.

New Year’s Day is a South End swim, so the Dolphin Club’s 6-month wait is not in play.  But, we expect Dolphin swimmers to be acclimated to the cold water, so get in the cove as much as possible.

The DC Alcatraz Qualifier is Sunday, December 21.

This will be an inside/outside plus a cove, or an outside/inside plus a cove, depending upon conditions.  We’ll keep you guessing.

Sign in: 7:45 AM

Pilot Briefing: 8:30 AM

Swim Briefing: 8:40 AM

(Beach) Jump: 9:00 AM

We need some pilots to hold at key points along the route.

Bring a check for $50 made payable to SERC—if you plan to swim on New Year’s Day. Cash is OK, but a check is preferred. The $50 is for the boat and the food after the swim.  (Guests can eat on New Year’s Day for $5.)

If you are doing the qualifier for fun, you don’t have to pay anything.  You just have to have fun.

As always, an orange Dolphin Club cap is required for the Qualifier and New Year’s Day (and all Dolphin Club swims).  Caps will be available for sale, if you don’t have one.

Swim fees will be due on our first swim, which is January 11, 2015, not on New Year’s Day.

However, to swim on New Year’s Day, you MUST have your USMS membership current for 2015.  If you do it in time for the Qualifier, you will save everyone time on New Year’s Day.  If you join USMS as a Dolphin Club member, we track you automatically.  If you join through another USMS club, please bring your card or a printout of your receipt for 2015 membership.

Copy and paste this address into your browser to update your USMS membership:

https://www.ClubAssistant.com/club/usms_members.cfm?l=38